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Cuisine of Porto for gourmets. Places for dinner - best restaurants

Porto Some experts call the Portuguese cuisine "a peasant type" for its simplicity and density. Meat and fish are the basis of vast majority of national dishes. The main side dish is cabbage, which is prepared in various ways. We should definitely mention caldo verde among the dishes of the national cuisine. This is a hearty potato soup with cabbage. Seafood lovers will enjoy bacalhau (braised cod), which is usually served with Turkish peas as a side dish. Local restaurants have dishes for all kinds of visitors including fans of exotic cuisine. The names of many fish used in dishes speak for themselves - wolf bass, swordfish, or monkfish. The dishes that are prepared by local chefs from these products are no less exotic.
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When it comes to meat dishes, fevras and befe remain the undisputed leaders here. These are juicy schnitzels and burgers made from beef, which will be offered to guests in any local restaurant. It is also worth trying borrego (roasted lamb meat) and leitao (suckling pig). Meat and fish dishes are recommended to be ordered together with vegetable side dishes, such as braised carrots, green beans and cauliflower, which can be seasoned with aromatic spices and butter. Restaurants serving national cuisine will be surely loved by the sweet tooth travellers as simply each of them offers widest choice of interesting cakes, fruit salads and pastries, as well as aromatic coffee.
We should also pay some attention to the local wine. The most famous national drink is called "Vigneault do Porto”. Port wine is prepared according to old recipes. This is a popular souvenir, which tourists often bring from their trip. The choice of wine, which is available in local restaurants, can amaze even an experienced professional. The sparkling wine named «vinho verde» is especially good, as well as «reserva» noble wines. Copyright
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The choice of restaurants is really big in Porto. Numerous travelers enjoy visiting cafes that belong to The Traveller chain. It is possible to find them in different parts of the city. As a rule, these cafes serve visitors from early in the morning until late at night. In the morning, they always offer breakfast consisting of several national dishes. Cafes in this chain also have a great selection of pastries.
Porto - Sol e Sombra Not many travelers, on the contrary, know about Confeitaria Paparoca Da Foz café, which is located not far from the final stop of the old tram. Locals make up the majority of visitors to this dining venue. It is a great place to try various popular national dishes, including delicious soups, a bowl of which costs no more than 1.5 euro. This café also offers fabulous pastries and some of the best coffee in the city.
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In order to find best meat delicacies in Porto, consider visiting Santiago. This restaurant has become famous because of its signature way to cook Francesinha. At Santiago, this dish costs almost two times more than in other dining venues. However, it is still recommended to try it at this restaurant because no other national cuisine restaurant in Porto is able to cook a more delicious Francesinha.
Forte Sao Joao Baptista da Foz do Douro All ice cream fans will be not disappointed with their visit to Santini. This café is equally popular with guests of the city and local people. Thousands of its visitors share the same opinion that this is the best ice cream in the city. The variety of flavors of this popular refreshing dessert is simply striking. Some flavors are so original that they can amaze even experienced gourmets.
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Casa da Horta attracts numerous visitors not only because of its gorgeous signature dishes but also because of affordable prices. Every day, this café offers lunches that cost approximately 5.5 euro. Vegetarian guests will like this café as well because there is a separate menu for them. Besides various vegetable salads and ragouts, they will also have an opportunity to try the original vegetarian Francesinha.
Exterior of Casa da Musica Those who want to try traditional Portuguese food will hardly find a better place than A Tasquinha. It is very popular with tourists, and the experienced and professional staff is one of the reasons for that. In this restaurant, attentive waiters will always help foreign guests and advise on a dish to try. Bacalhau a Braga is one of the signature dishes of this famous restaurant. The dish is traditionally served with roasted onions and potato chips. The plates are really big, so visitors often order one dish for two. As an addition to signature dishes, visitors of the restaurant are welcome to order green Portuguese wine.
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Maria Rita is also famous for its large selection of national dishes. In summer, the majority of its tables are always installed on a spacious terrace. This restaurant’s visitors have an opportunity to try various fish dishes. In the end of the meal, the restaurant’s owner usually offers all visitors to try his self-made home-distilled vodka.
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Where to go for dinner in Porto: recommended cafe and restaurants

Churrascão Do Mar
Where: Rua Joao Grave, 134, Porto, Porto; Telephone: +351 (0)22 606 84 58;
Chez Lapin
Where: Rua dos Canastreiros, 40-42, Porto, Porto; Telephone: +351 (0)22 200 64 18;
O Mal Cozinhado
Where: Rua do Outerinho, 11, Porto; Telephone: +351 (0)22 208 13 19;
Where: Rua Nova da Alfândega, 1, Ribeira, Porto; Telephone: +351 (0)22 012 07 52;
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♥   Restaurant 'Palco' Porto. Type - Modern cuisine. 0.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Restaurant 'Cantinho do Avillez' Porto. Type - World cuisine. 0.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Restaurant 'DOP' Porto. Type - Traditional cuisine. 0.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Restaurant 'Antiqvvm' Porto. Type - Creative. 1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Restaurant 'Toscano' Porto. Type - Italian. 1.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Restaurant 'Barão Fladgate' Vila Nova de Gaia. Type - Traditional cuisine. 1.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Restaurant 'The Yeatman' Vila Nova de Gaia. Type - Creative. 1.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Restaurant 'Mendi' Porto. Type - Indian. 2.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Restaurant 'Lider' Porto. Type - Traditional cuisine. 2.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Restaurant 'O Paparico' Porto. Type - Traditional cuisine. 4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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